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Stormlight

by sydefekt

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Project Stormlight. This is an air cooled x99 build using the Lian Li PC-O7S case and Cryorig C1 Air Cooler; named after the Stormlight Archive book series. This PC will be for Home office use and occasional gaming.

I made some modifications to get better airflow and better aesthetics. See the build log at: http://www.overclock.net/t/1598397/build-log-project-stormlight-lian-li-pc-o7s-and-cryorig-c1

** UPDATE 4/26/16 1900: Thanks everyone for the feedback! :) I added more pics of the mods, since there were questions about it. I added pictures of the Intake Fan, PSU Mod with wiring, and RAM before and after painting.

** UPDATE 4/27/16 0001: Everyone thanks again! I'm going to summarize some of the answers to comments as well as add the background story of this build for those who are interested:

The name "Project Stormlight" - is named after the Stormlight Archive book series. I'm just a reader, and this is one of my favorite books.

The HDD cage symbol - this has garnered some interest! The decal on the HDD cage is the emblem for the Knights Radiant - from the book series.

The Cryorig C1 Air cooler - I initially bought and installed this to replace the Tower cooler in my Skylake build. It worked so well, but I thought that the cooler needed a specific low profile Case to really shine.

The Lian LI PC-O7S Case - I was really amazed when I saw this case, and I realized this was the perfect case to put the Cryorig cooler into. However it was very expensive and I was hesitant to do another build so soon.

The Asus X99 Motherboard - my Dad's X99 Pro broke, and he bought a new one. But I discovered that it was still within warranty, so I persuaded him to claim the warranty and he graciously gave me the warranty replacement.

The Build - since I had a new/free motherboard, I sold my Z170 Deluxe and 6600K CPU, bought the PC-O7 case, and started modding! I knew that Air cooling would be a challenge with this case, and with X99, but I decided to go for it and try to make it work.

The Mod -

1) I cut the plate behind the GPU and the exterior panel behind it. I made a 240mm fan bracket from the removable HDD plate, and attached two Noctua fans as intake.

2) The fan behind the CPU is part of the case side panel design, but I attached it behind the Motherboard tray instead, so that it would be easier to take the side panel off if needed. Its hard to see in the pictures, but there is actually a way for the air behind the CPU to flow to the side and into the mesh above the IO ports. There is also a meshed part above the IO that runs parallel to the glass. Very smart design by Lian Li.

3) I replaced the PSU fan with a Cryorig XF140 fan to match the C1 cooler. Honestly I bought this fan just so I could get the white vibration pads. The C1 only has black pads by default. But the fan looked so nice so I used it for the PSU. The Corsair PSU uses 135mm mounting, so I used some nylon screws and nuts that were flexible enough to bend and snap into the 120mm holes of the fan. I used Threadlocker fluid on the screws and nuts so they would not slip out. The nylon screw combo was surprisingly very stable, and I highly recommend experimenting with Nylon screws.

4) I painted as white the plastic accents on the TridentZ Ram so that they would match the theme. They can be snapped off and put back on. I slightly cut the top edge of the heatsink of 2 of the ram, so they would fit under the C1 cooler. I also decided to display the TridentZ on the left side of the CPU for a unique look.

5) I painted white the backplate of the Intel 750 SSD. I'm waiting for a chrome Intel sticker that I bought to place on this backplate. The PC-O7 has slits on the left side of the motherboard tray that fits the ends of PCI brackets, so the SSD was able to attached using the half height bracket. I also inserted a screw through the mesh to lock the SSD in place.

6) I installed the Nzxt Hue+ RGB LED kit on one of the HDD mounting holes. This is a software controlled RGB lighting kit that can be customized into different color patterns. It also can react to tempereture or to music! The pictures can't do the RGB lighting justice, so hopefully I can make a video of the light effects in the near future.

7) I am experimenting with magnetic printable paper to add some design to the steel front mesh. This is still a work in progress :)

**UPDATE 5/15/16: 1.) The C1 heatsink was flipped vertically, and positioned at the center of MB. Although I liked the aesthetics of the sideways position, this vertical center orientation significantly improved idle temps as well as Pull temps. The heatpipes are more efficient at vertical center and has more clear space under the heatsink, I think this is the most efficient orientation of the Cryorig C1 for majority of builds.

2.) I inverted the CPU & PSU fan to Pull. I added additional rubber pads between the fan and C1 heatsink; this fixed the noise issue, as well as improve the temp. Fortunately the Cryorig fans still look very good when turned backward :)

3.) I changed all case fans (top, bottom, back) to intake. The case airflow is now purely positive pressure with all intake fans filtered for dust. I also added washers on the glass panel to increase the gap. I can actually feel air rushing out of the sides of the glass with both CPU and PSU fans exhausting onto the glass panel. Hot air no longer accumulates too much inside the case, and peak temperatures are acceptable.

I bumped the overclock back up to 4.2 ghz (1.21v adaptive), with 4.0 cache (1.2v), and 3200mhz RAM (1.29v). Stress Testing temperatures stay between 70-80C. This is acceptable for my occasional workload.

I think this is it for the Air-Cooled Stormlight build. My future upgrade plan would be a Polaris or Vega GPU, and then an 8 core BW-E or Xeon with a Custom Water Loop.

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waffle502 3 Builds 6 points 32 months ago

Feature

Trav_X 1 point 32 months ago

I second that

Jäßßäwöçkëë 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Third!

Redwhistle 1 point 31 months ago

Fourth!

issac.mantle 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Fifth!

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Edison528 1 Build 3 points 32 months ago

WOW thats a sleek looking build you got there... very well coordinated.

quzar469 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

nice design m8

Radox-0 5 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Nice looking build. Love these cases, can be a pain to work in when and so easy to smudge, but end result is worth it.

Great custom details and black and white works great as always, easy +1

teambronze5 2 points 32 months ago

+1 Remarkable! What did you use to connect the GPU in that way?

SR91 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

They used a riser card, here's an example, and an extension cable. I saw a few of them in mini-itx cases like this silverstone case. Hope this helps.

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Correct, this case comes with a Lian Li PCI riser cable. The quality can vary with different cables, but this one is very high quality and the cable costs $75 by itself! Fortunately the case comes with 1 riser cable already :)

SR91 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Thanks for taking the time to explain that, and I like that design on the hard drive cage, i'm not sure if you made/bought it yourself or if it was already part of the case but it's nice either way. +1

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

The decal on the hdd cage is the emblem for the Knights Radiant - from the book series Stormlight Archives / The Way of Kings. I bought it at the author's webstore (BrandonSanderson.com) :)

OccamAsylum 13 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Damn. +1 Well done.

IwannaPC 11 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Finally, a PCIE riser cable that doesn't look like it came out of the 90s! +1

PCIntake 1 point 32 months ago

Loving that cooler and the modifications you did to the PSU and drive cage, absolutely love the build in general, +1!

twinn 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

a low-profile cooler that looks that good. there oughta be a law...

such a cohesive build design. nothing feels out of place.

PCIntake 1 point 32 months ago

Agreed, I think Cryorig has some of the most amazing low-profile coolers

Ropota 1 point 32 months ago

EVERYONE WE NEED TO GET THIS FEATURED!!! MAKE IT HAPPEN ADMINS!!!

MarshmellowMan2 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Really beautiful, spoiled with good builds to look at today

Squishbean1 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

This is amazing. That case is really cool, the layout of the parts in it is interesting.

Looks fantastic.

Bananabank 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

+1 absolutely stunning. This has to be featured!!

out of interest, what does your day to day workload consist of?

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Hello, very light workload now :) document and photo editing. I used to do more before the family/kids came along :)

However, the X99 motherboard & Intel SSD was a gift from my Dad, so I sold my Skylake I5 build and completed this X99 system for personal reasons. I updated the prices on the part list, because I bought most of the parts on sale, or open box, or refurbished. So if you are comfortable buying/troubleshooting used parts, it is a good way to save money. CPU was only $290 open box on ebay. Cryorig Cooler only $35 demo item. Corsair PSU refurb for $89 - which was good since I ruined the warranty by replacing the fan.

Trav_X 1 point 32 months ago

That PSU fan mod is awesome :D

Sounds like you got some nice deals on parts :) just want to point out that for anyone who lives near a MicroCenter, the 5820k is actually always $300, it's always 'on sale'. But some of the items you got OP were an absolute steal :D great build

Bananabank 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Nice, thanks for the info! It's a really gorgeous build and considering your workload it should last you years if you want it to ;)

PotatoAssassin15 1 point 32 months ago

Nice. 1+

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

This looks great, +1 hands down. I smell a feature!

I've wondered if modding a psu fan would be difficult to do. Any pointers you could give?

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Hi modding the PSU fan is probably moderate effort. You do ruin the warranty by opening the PSU. This particular one had a proprietory 4 pin connector on the PSU board. I had to cut the wires and trace/compare the wiring of the original fan. The sequence and color of wires were not the same. You can peel the back label of the original fan and see what wire is labeled "+" "-" and then where the wires go into the connector. The 3rd and 4th wire on the fan are usually rpm and PWM.

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Oh and make sure the PSU is discharged before opening, by leaving unplugged for several minutes and pushing the power buton several times.

Ryuhara 1 point 32 months ago

Ugh I absolutely love the case. Just wish I had the funding for it D:

The.Geeked. 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

noooiiiice

ExcelsiorNick 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I need to ask, where did you get that dank sticker on the HDD cage?

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

The decal on the hdd cage is the emblem for the Knights Radiant - from the book series Stormlight Archives / The Way of Kings. I bought it at the author's webstore (BrandonSanderson.com) :)

ExcelsiorNick 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

You may have inadvertently given me a book to read...

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

That's great! My favorite books/author of late.

ExcelsiorNick 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Along with some decoration ideas!

Jäßßäwöçkëë 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Crispy and clean! +1 I love fellow mod builds!

mtrapuzz 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I wish something could be done about those riser cables, but you did a good job with what you had to do.

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Thanks everyone for the feedback! :)

I added more pics of the mods, since there were questions about it. I added pictures of the Intake Fan mod, PSU Mod with wiring, and RAM paint mod.

twinn 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

oh my.

i like this.

NZXTmk1 1 point 32 months ago

the build it's amazing.... The colors, the case... Everything, amazing job. You can find the Lian Li case only on Newegg?

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I bought the case at Performance-pcs.com They are my other go to place for hard to find computer parts. At that time Newegg did not have any in stock.

Whiteshadow001 1 point 31 months ago

Loving the Cryorig theme! Huge fan (pun intended) of Cryorig. Nice build man!

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks!

Hobert 1 point 30 months ago

Do you think liquid cooling would be possible in this case.

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Yes. By default a slim 360 radiator will fit at the top. This should be enough for moderate water cooling. But you can fit a thicker radiator if you drill your own screw holes and not use the thick top fan insert.

I am actually in the process of trying water cooling. Since I already modified and cut the panel behind the gpu I am able to fit a 2nd 240mm radiator for a 360 and 240 rad setup.

Zboynatedog 1 point 28 months ago

Are the fans at the top of the case LED? Or is that just the NZXT Hue+ doing it's job?

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

The top fans are non-led, but glossy white. The Nzxt lighting is being nicely reflected :)

decimalpoint 1 point 27 months ago

If I have a Sound Blaster Zx sound card that extends about 5 inches from the motherboard, would that leave enough space between the edge of the card and the glass for the riser cable to fit though? It would be like how you have your Intel SSD with the cable running in front of it. Thanks

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

The specified vertical clearance of the case is only approx 3.3 inches. So your sound card would be too tall. However since the card is not too heavy you can try a pci riser cable or angled adapter. I dont know if this will affect sound quality though.

Skratt79 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Seriously that is a Nice Build! I also have a C1 cooler but in a NZXT Manta so in Pull + verticall it is working more effectively?? gota try it out. +1

PCsHaveBrains 1 point 23 months ago

wow this is one of my favorite air cooled builds ive seen yet! doesnt get much cleaner than this...

bricko 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

does the RAM fit with this cooler? i have this RAM, 4x8GB and want to purchase this cooler. will i be able to put this cooler on? i have Z170 instead of X99 chipset!

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

For X99 I had to slightly trim the top fins of the RAM using a Nibbler tool, so that the C1 cooler could fit over the RAM. For z170 you may be able to just turn the cooler away from the RAM and not have to cut.

boadicea 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Awesome build, i bookmarked this page and your build log, will pm for questions :)

+100 :DD

SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

heck. Simple, powerful, clean; all you can ask for. +1

Slimi048 1 point 19 months ago

Oh my God... IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL!

+999,999,999 for you

FeatheredFriend 1 point 19 months ago

On a scale of 1 to 10, how rich are you???

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Middle Class.

I sell most of my old parts and try to also buy used or discounted parts. With that said, I have already sold some of the parts from this build and finishing up a new AMD Ryzen build. Will post pictures of the new build soon.

FeatheredFriend 1 point 18 months ago

Just wondering, how do you go about painting everything?

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Just simple spray paint. Paint 1 layer, let dry, then spray paint another layer.

FeatheredFriend 1 point 18 months ago

ok thx

RatedM4Manny 1 point 15 months ago

If I were to flip the psu the other direction, would that harm my psu in any way, say suffocate it.?

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

It may suffocate the psu if you flip. But you could try and test it. The PSU is slightly raised due to rubber pads on the case. Or you could drill some holes at the back to give some more airflow to the psu.

RatedM4Manny 1 point 15 months ago

Is there anyway I can lower the psu a little further down where the hdd drives are located.? Would that possible.?

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

The PSU is held by a bracket that is attached by 2 screws to the case. There are 3 height screw points, so you can move it higher or lower by a few inches. But if you really want to move all the way down you will have to drill 2 screw holes yourself.

RatedM4Manny 1 point 15 months ago

I see. Thanks buddy you've been a big help. Really love that build of yours.

sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks! You're welcome!

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sydefekt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

It's only temporary, I am waiting for Polaris. But anyway I was inpressed with this temporary card. This overclocked Sapphire version gives me 35 fps on Witcher 3 at 1440p high settings. Going to upgrade soon.